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Rustic Outdoor Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2013

Julie & Thinh 

June 11 

Simi Valley, California

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From the photographer: “Julie and Thinh’s wedding took a place in an opulent venue of Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. It was a very laid back and beautiful wedding. Julie and Thinh DIY a big portion of their wedding. They designed and printed invitations and thank you cards. Their friend Jannie Nguyen (creative designer for Pottery Barn) helped them with the wedding concept, which was simply elegant with a rustic touch. Julie borrowed a gorgeous gown from her close and generous friend. The dress fit her perfectly, and it was as she envisioned. Her shoes were elegant and blue.

There were couple surprises at the wedding. Julie’s dad surprised her with a diamond necklace, which she absolutely loved. Her husband Thinh had something coming too. When Julie was getting her makeup done, the best man came in to visit her and pass her Thinh’s special gift. It was a love letter and a small jewelry box. Julie opened the box and inside was Thinh’s late grandma’s earrings, which were passed through generations. With an excitement, Julie unfolded Thinh’s love letter and she broke in tears and happiness while reading it. 

It was a breath taking moment right before the ceremony. Their pastor asked to pause, take a deep breath and look at all the friends that came from all over the world to celebrate their beautiful wedding. It was a truly tear filled moment.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair

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Rustic Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 16, 2013

Meghan & Joe 

June 29

San Luis Obispo, California  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

There were so many great things about La Cuesta Ranch.  It really is a venue that you can make your own. We got to choose all of our own vendors, and our guests were allowed to camp on the premise if they wished to stay the night.  Gabriel, the venue’s manager/owner was really accommodating.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I loved our wedding ceremony at the Mission. Although it was a very traditional Catholic mass, it was important to Joe and I to make sure God was a big part of our big day. 

2. Dan Curcio, our live music/DJ for the night learned our first dance song, “Who I Am” by Wade Bowen and played it for us on his guitar.

3. Rebecca’s Ice Cream Truck was a big hit at the end of the night to help us all cool off after the hottest day in San Luis Obispo of the summer!  

3, Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

The people at our wedding came to dance and have fun. The barn is a dirt floor where the dancing was taking place, so it was getting pretty dusty in there. The song “Shout” really got the dust flying. After that song, I had gone outside to get an ice cream from the ice cream truck and looked back at the barn. It looked like the barn was on fire!  I thought “Oh gosh! We burned the barn down!’ Until I realized it was just all of the kicked up dust flying through the wooden roof of the barn. 

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Rustic Vintage-Inspired Fall Ranch Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 19, 2013

Maren & Josh

September 22  

Skull Valley, Arizona 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It’s a ranch owned by a couple and when we went to look at it, the man took us around the property then offered us wine while we talked about life and not necessarily wedding details. It was so calm, quiet, and peaceful. We ended up talking into the evening.  They made us feel like the whole venue would be about us and our family. This was a far different experience and more personal experience than other venues.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Josh’s maternal grandmother was our minister.

2. The chandeliers were lit and hanging from a tree in the middle of the woods with no outlet or cords in view.

3. Vintage furniture and blue grass band.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

When Josh sang to me during our grand entrance at the reception.

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Rustic Chic Summer Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 17, 2013

Elizabeth & Taylor 

June 15 

Boerne, Texas 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

My husband is very outdoorsy.  We’ve been to so many weddings in Houston that we were ready for something fun and different.  I had seen four other venues before this one, and I just knew when I saw it that was the perfect amount of rustic for my husband, and the perfect amount of chic for me!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My mom did so many DIY projects.  All of the table decor was done by her. We collected old bottles, and she took apart all my old jewelry and decorated bottles and vases and votives.  It was so enchanting.  She worked so hard and was so good at it.  So, I loved all the things my mom made.  I also loved the dance my friends and bridesmaid’s did.  It was a surprise to everyone. It was a choreographed dance done after the garter toss to get the party started! And the last thing that was my favorite was of course saying my vows to my husband.  During the ceremony there were gunshots in the distance and my nephew (5-year-old ring bearer) yelled, “Gunshots!!!” at the top of his lungs.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Walking into the venue after we got married, took pictures, and seeing everyone smiling at us as we were walking in. It was just perfect. Took my breath away.  My coordinator and HEB flowers and RTC Floristry did such a fantastic job decorating and bringing the exact feel of what I wanted my wedding to be like.

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Joyful Orange Summer Ranch Wedding in Hawaii

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 28, 2013

Tara & Kale 

August 1

Oahu, Hawaii

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

The spectacular view.

2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites? 

1. The place settings with the personalized favors and single orchid  we actually had people taking more than one favor.

2. The giant lawn games for the reception — it was very relaxed atmosphere, and we were able to spend a little time with everyone.

3. Flower mob — we had 9 kids throwing flowers instead of 1 or 2. 

4. Shaved ice instead of wedding cake – since most of our guests were not from Hawaii, it was a treat that you cannot get every day. Loved the fresh, tropical flavors!

4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

The first look, the moment that we first saw each other on the day. Tara was so beautiful, and exiting the ceremony after our kiss. We were so excited, we starting skipping and jumping.

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